Now in one breath I am gutted that these adverts are back mainly I am just tired of the debate but on the other breath, I stand back in amazement than Protein World are still pushing ahead with a such determination and confidence.
So I now I will kickback and watch how America responds to these bikini-clad adverts and see if us Brits have overreacted.
Good morning… Now this is my favourite part of the day and food wise it’s the same I am always happy when diving into breakfast. The Nook in Rugby is constant in there food offering serving fresh, loved and local produce. I have reviewed the Nook previously so pop over here to read our full review. BLOG.
So I am going to keep this a short…
The atmosphere in the Nook its always a light affair and everyone is happy and relaxed so its a great way to ease you into your day. Its the perfect place to catch up with friends and family and the staff are welcoming.
Food loves… Browsing through the menu and its wide selection of breakfasts from breakfast muffins to breakfast bruschetta and the more traditional options. I opted for the Scottish smoked salmon & free range scrambled eggs on a toasted artisan sourdough with a glass of Buck’s Fizz, all for the tidy sum of £8.50. The salmon was beautifully fresh and the egg scrambled to perfection and washed down with a glass of fizz. Happy times.
My brother chose The Nook Breakfast with Local English sausage, dry cure bacon, poached egg, slow roasted tomato, black pudding, chestnut mushrooms and Heinz baked beans with toasted artisan sourdough for £7.50.
What I love about The Nook is its constancy the staff, the food, the atmosphere… Its my local hideaway!
Carlsberg response to the Protein World hugely controversy adverts “Are you beer body ready?” on London Underground is another stroke of marketing genius and really quick thinking.
The beer brand moved quickly to take the space next to next to the controversial advert using a Carlsberg bottle in a little yellow bikini bottom, created by the creative agency Fold7 who also designed “Probably the best poster in the world“ which we blogged about a few weeks ago. Fold7 we salute you!
The original Protein World ads featuring a model posing in a bikini and asking have sparked a public backlash for making people physically inferior to the unrealistic body image of the bronzed model in the campaign with more than 70,000 people signing an online petition demanding the adverts be removed.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has also announced it will launch an investigation to establish if the ads broke “harm and offence rules or is socially irresponsible”.
Each month I will quickly blog about my 5 design loves from the food and drink industry that I have spotted on my travels. These could be anything from interesting menu designs, to unique logos or a sexy new food concept or just simply something that makes me laugh.
So here goes for the month of April that seen the nation eagerly await the arrival Kate and Williams royal baby. I was out there falling in love with these creative ideas:
1. Menu Design: A menu in a plant pot such a simple yet effective idea and could be quite cost effective for small food businesses such as restaurants, bars and cafes.
All Bar One have kept there creative very simple and I think actual plant should be more of the herb variety and the word ‘peckish’ maybe shouldn’t be used as it might encourage the eating of the plant (see below). Great concept could just work a little harder.
2. Food ideas – Tacos: The beauty of the meat tacos street food dish stopped me in my tracks, the vibrant combinations of colours and lovingly stacked piles of meats, vegetables and pickles was something I hadn’t seen before. Beautiful and unexpected.
3. Interior Design: A fried egg lamp shade anyone? This lamp rocked my world when I entered the The Breakfast Club Cafe not only does it supports the breakfast theme for obvious reasons it enhances the 80s vibe. It brought total joy to my day.
4. Drinks promotion: Virgins Tilting Ale. An ale that makes you tilt? Brilliant – bring it on. The ale named after Virgin’s tilting pendolino trains reviews are pretty good but I didnt know if a ‘titling’ ale promoted sensible drinking . Or maybe it’s me just over thinking the word tilting, Anyway it caused for a giggle on the way home!
The question is where can I get the best breakfast in London? Well who knows, when you look into these things on google (and review websites) there are hundreds of places and recommendations…
So I knew I was heading to watch my friend do the marathon at Canada Water, so looked into places near London Bridge which reduced my google search and where did I find but no other that The Breakfast Club Cafes … when I started to read about these places it blew my mind – an 80s throwback experience that serves breakfast. WOW!
I packed my bag as quick as I could and headed there like a crazed woman in search of the 80s (and brunch obviously).
Following the success of their Soho cafe, opened in 2005, The Breakfast Club has since expanded to a number of other London locations. The London Bridge, opened in 2014, comes with a license so you can have a beer or maybe a more civilised Bloody Mary with your breakfast – happy days!
It serves a wide selection of breakfasts to start your day, it then continues serving up fab things till early evening. The breakfasts are not just your standard fry up; you can choose from a US variation featuring maple syrup pancakes, to a Latin American breakfast burrito.
Like the Spitalfields and the Battersea cafes, London Bridge also has a secret. Hidden beneath The Breakfast Club in London Bridge is Call Me Mr Lucky – a concrete den that serves cocktails with lanterns and hidden alcoves.
So … Phew after reading all the reviews on this place I was expecting a huge queue but I got straight in and was seated by the really friendly staff.
Food loves… I decided it was time to try something new so opted for the veggie breakfast burrito filled with scrambled egg, roasted peppers, Portobello mushroom, gucamole, cheddar and spicy pepper sauce. Delicious.
Design loves… The atmosphere of the cafe is just right. The music plays, the staff are chatty and it’s just a happy place to start the day. The design features that made me smile to myself where the fired egg lamp shade (where do you find such a thing), the smiley face cups and the hidden bar concept.
The staff where uber friendly and really looked after me. I will be defiantly heading back and looks like I did get there at the right time but the queue would have been worth the wait!
A sunny Tuesday afternoon before I go to a blogging masterclass… Where else shall I kill two hours than in my old stomping ground of
Camden Town. It’s hot and the place is buzzing.
I decided not to eat in my usual places of Camden Kitchen and Hache and head straight down to the Camden Market. I had a quick mooch around and spend some time looking at the food offerings and see if anything caught my design eye.
Tanakatsu – a Japanese Katsu specialist caught my eye and the food looked amazing. All dishes where made to order taking about 5 minutes to cook from fresh, with a price tag of around £5.50.
Food loves: I went for the Chicken Katsu Box which came with a pumpkin croquette, an Ebi Fry (prawn Katsu) , rice salad and pickle and a side of curry sauce. The Chicken was delicately breaded and fried, and served hot.
To be honest I was over whelmed by the beauty of such a dish served in a take away box, it was delicious and the pickles that accompanied the dish where full of taste. This is probably one of the best meals I have eaten with a plastic fork.
You can really tell these guys put there passion into their food. I really never expected such great food from a vendor in the Camden Market – WOWZERS. Camdens food offering has really raised the bar since I worked down there!
Design Loves: It’s been a little while since I spent time in Camden Market and I loved being back. But what really blew my away was the tribute to Amy Winehouse it reminded me of the time I use to see her walking (sometimes staggering) around Camden. Sleep tight Amy.
I had a lovely few hours spent back in my old stomping ground of Camden and the food blew me away. Camden Markets food offering seems to have moved on from the limted selection it had when I worked there may moons ago. I will be coming back to spend more trips down memory lane and sampling the new food delights.
Now this is interesting. After blogging about Saturdays Spring Market only yesterday and my love affair for the Digbeth Dinning Club there seems to be a new guy coming to the Birmingham table.
Taste and Liquor will be launching a Global Feast – IVAL and weekly outdoor market set up by the people behind the Holi Rave at the new pop up venue on Lower Essex Street.
The event launches on Saturday 30th May 2015 from 12 – 6pm and will take place every week after.
Taste and Liquors point of difference to the other, more established food markets is a focus on more globally inspired street food from the Midlands and cocktails classes. Looking forward to popping along …
The sun was shining, music pumping and the smell from the food was immense. By looking at the queues it felt like the whole of Birmingham had dropped by with us to visit the Spring Market at The Bond in Digbeth.
Digbeth pop-up street food market gathers together a small selection of the best street food traders from Birmingham and beyond. This is the place for foodies to catch such local food gurus as the Original Patty Men,Routemaster Bus Bar and The Bournville Waffle co. The Spring Market starts at midday and runs until 6pm. Entrance is £1.50 for adults and kids get in FREE. Dishes can range from £3 – £7.50.
The Spring Market is set by the canal and has a great street vibe which I am sure the sunshine helped. There is a good variety of food and drink, I loved it.
Food loves … The HungryToad got me excited by the food offering and the stall design, it was a little bit shabby with its hand drawn menu and corrigated walls but the sparkly signage won me over .. and I queued in a very long queue for these guys culinary delights. I opted for the chicken wings and the halloumi chips. Simple & delicious with a bit of sparkle!
Design loves It was pure eye candy looking at all the ideas people had come up with to create and support their brands and food ideas. I loved it here, not just for the food but for the draw of the creativity that surrounded me.
3 stalls from the Spring Market that got my design heart pumping:
1. The Gamekeeper Serving wraps, a shredded beef brisket and a veggie option of melted halloumi, the stall had a traditional country feel in true keeping of a Gamekeeper vision.
2. Original Patty Man Serving kick ass burgers with a kickass branding… I fell in love with this pop up, infact am sure part of me wanted to jump behing the counter and help out. There was just something electric about this little place and it followed through into there brand!
3. Smoqued Smoqued served the most beautiful, eye catching tacos I have ever seen from a bright yellow 1973 Citroen H Van. This little yellow machine just ozzed class and the food presentation was out of this world.
All of this was washed down with a gin … A little bit of Saturday design and food heaven, 2 hours well spent – I’d say.
Pop-up restaurants are quite literally popping up all over the country! This latest restaurant is probably the poshest one to date!
Royal Ascot is only round the courner, Ascot launched a competition to find diners for the World’s first ever, horse-drawn, Michelin-starred dining experience. It arrived at Observation Point, Queen’s Walk at London’s Southbank yesterday (16th April), giving two winners an exclusive preview of there fine dining menu. Looking at Ascots twitter feed it was a huge success creating plenty of intrigue, which any PR stunt should do …
The winners of the competition sampled a three-course Royal Ascot taster menu with select wines all prepared by Michelin-starred chefs Michael Caines and Phil Howard who are both hosting restaurants at this year’s Royal meeting. Michael & Phil partnered with Steve Golding (Executive Chef, Ascot Racecourse) to create the breathtaking pop-up restaurant.
The beautiful mini restaurant sits inside a Victorian landau carriage matching the ones that can be seen in the Royal Procession, has space for just two diners. The winners where welcomed on board by Ascot’s famous Greencoats, before being served Champagne and canapés. They went on a tour of London’s Southbank, St Paul’s Cathedral and around London. Each course was served at a fixed point on the route as I think trying to eat and drink whilst being pulled by two the horses called Otto and Bullet might have been a bit tricky!
A big well done to the Ascot team combing a new concept (pop ups) with such a prestigious brand steeped with tradition. Just wish I’d entered the competiton… maybe next year.
Can the carlsberg campaign get any better than this? Surely this is genius, a billboard dispensing beer it has got to be the best marketing idea so far this year… I love it!
The billboard advert equipped with a beer pump popped up early Wednesday near to the Old Truman Bewery in Shoreditch, London offering visitors a half of lager from a tap located under the slogan ‘Probably the best poster in the world’.
Carlsberg marketing bosses said the promotion will be rolled out across the country. Whoooo to one coming to Rugby.